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“Great Hotel, but . . .” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Smithfield Station
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Smithfield
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Meridian, Idaho
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83 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great Hotel, but . . .”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2012

We stayed at Smithfield Station in early May. It has a great location, convenient restaurant and a few shops. We were in the Lodge, all of the rooms face Pagan Creek and the attached marina. Unfortunately, the restaurant's kitchen exhaust fans provide the latest burger, steak or french fry aroma when you are out on the deck, which we were. Get a room farther away from the restaurant, would be my suggestion.
Also, the deck had 2 chairs, but no table to put any drinks or anything on. Same in the room, 2 nice chairs side by side, but no side tables. This was just inconvenient.
On the great side, the rooms were large, had refrigerators, HD TV, nice bathroom and shower. The staff was very friendly and helpful. A very nice continental breakfast plus. The cook served up scrambled eggs or omlets with bacon. Plus the usual. Oh and Smithfield ham rolls too.
I'd recommend it for a trip to Smithfield. Great little town. Very nice park across from the hotel. Easy access to the historic district when the sidewalk work is done. Otherwise you take your life into your hands walking in the street or dirt where the sidewalk should be.
We intended to kayak one day from the park across the street. They had a very nice launch, but the wind was blowing too much to attempt any kayaking.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank huckleberries
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rpack76, Owner at Smithfield Station, responded to this review, 22 May 2012
Thanks for the review Huckleberries! The placement of the exhaust fan is done purposefully to entice you to visit our restaurant! Only kidding, we actually didn't put balconies by the rooms closest to it for that very reason. Unless the wind is really blowing your way, you shouldn't be able to smell or hear them at all. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the rest of your stay! The sidewalks are almost done! Just 30 more days and WE will be happy this beautification project will be wrapped up! I look forward to welcoming you back to our charming town. See you soon!
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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Ottawa, Canada
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

As snowbirds heading home we detoured off the interstate for a night at the Smithfield Station. What a treat! The room was one of the most comfortable we've had in a long time. The small private balcony allowed us to enjoy an evening drink overlooking the harbour and marina. A stroll through the wooded park across the street was a great way to work out the kinks after a day on the road. For the less adventurous, the boardwalk overlooking the marina connects the hotel to their delightful restaurant allowing for an easy stroll. Breakfast in the restaurant was a delightful start to our next day. IThe town has some interesting shops and beautiful older homes.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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rpack76, Owner at Smithfield Station, responded to this review, 26 April 2012
This is exactly what Smithfield Station was built for - your enjoyment! We are lucky to have such a great town that supports all we do here... thanks for such a nice review and we can hardly wait to see you again.

Randy Pack
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Myrtle Beach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2012

I've stayed here many times while visiting family while growing up and even as I got older and went off on my own. It's a great location with friendly staff. They often have breakfast up and ready from what I remember. It's been a while, but I'm looking forward to showing my boyfriend around this quaint little town. The room was pretty chilly last time but there was a great view over the water. It's normally nice and quiet. Always very clean.
There's a deck at the restaurant level where you can sit and view the scenery. Of course it has a marshy smell here and there, but you're staying on a waterway. How can you complain?

The lighthouse suites are impeccable, although there was a hugh storm during one visit and the rain leaked into the room. It's since been repaired.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AlexandraNoel
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rpack76, Owner at Smithfield Station, responded to this review, 23 April 2012
Thanks for the kind words! We look forward to your return!

Randy Pack
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Alexandria, VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2012

A wonderfully clean and fresh room with a great view. Only two complaints: (1) when we arrived and for our first night, the air conditioner sounded like a jet engine every time it "took off". We complained in the morning and by 3:00 pm we had a brand new air conditioner installed. Great service! (2). The shower was nice except that there was a bath mat apparatus that covered the drain. It was actually in 2 pieces and kept separating when I stood on it. While we didn't complain about it, I would recommend replacing it or removing it all together.
The 3 desk clerks we dealt with were all very friendly and knowledgable. The woman who checked us in gave very detailed suggestions on what to do and see as well as how to get around town and a main street closed for reconstruction.
All in all, a very delightful stay.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank fgdiii
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rpack76, Owner at Smithfield Station, responded to this review, 19 April 2012
When an air conditioner goes bad, it really goes bad! I am sorry you had problems with it, but am happy to hear we resolved them quickly! Thanks for the great review and we hope to welcome you back soon.
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Chesterfield, VA
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156 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

This is my wife’s and my favorite weekend getaway spot. The hotel is always clean and the staff is friendly. The rooms have nice views of the Pagan River and are decorated much nicer than one would find at a chain hotel. Downtown Smithfield is a short walk up the hill from the hotel and has several shops and cafes to entertain and feed visitors. Directly across from Smithfield Station is a new walking path entrance to Windsor Castle Park. We took a long stroll through the park and were pleased with the quality of the trails. This hotel is a great get-away for a quiet romantic weekend.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank morrisn
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rpack76, Owner at Smithfield Station, responded to this review, 16 April 2012
Welcome back! Glad you guys left another great review on TA and enjoyed yourselves again. We are quite lucky to have such a beautiful park across the street from us and such a great town to be part of. Thanks again for the review and I will see you soon!
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Property: Smithfield Station
Address: 415 S Church St, P.O. Box 486, Smithfield, VA 23430-1703
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Region: United States > Virginia > Smithfield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Smithfield
Price range (per night): $183 - $270
Hotel Class:3 star — Smithfield Station 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned boutique hotel on the banks of the Pagan River in Downtown, Historic Smithfield. 44 well appointed rooms including a Chesapeake Bay Style Lighthouse you can spend the night in. ... more   less 
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